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Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

Kirikou et la sorcière (original title)
In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doudou Gueye Thiaw ...
Kirikou enfant (voice)
Maimouna N'Diaye ...
La Mère (voice)
Awa Sene Sarr ...
Karaba (voice) (as Awa Sène Sarr)
Robert Liensol ...
Le Sage dans la montagne (voice) (as Robert Lionsol)
Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as William Nadylam-Yotnda)
Sebastien Hebrant ...
Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as Sébastien Hébrant)
Thilombo Lubambu ...
L'Oncle (voice) (as Tshilombo Lubambu)
Marie Augustine Diatta ...
La Femme forte (voice)
Moustapha Diop ...
Fétiche sur le toît (voice) (as Mouhamadou Moustapha Diop)
Isseu Niang ...
La Femme maigre (voice)
Selly Raby Kane ...
La Grande Fille (voice)
Erick Patrick Correa ...
Le Grand Garçon (voice)
Adjoua Barry ...
La Fille moyenne (voice)
Charles Edouard Gomis Correa ...
Le Garçon moyen (voice)
Marie-Louise Shedeye Diiddi ...
La Petite Fille (voice)


In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


€3,800,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Director Trademark: [Michel Ocelot] [silhouettes] In one scene Kirikou's mother is seen as a solid black silhouette backlit by fire; later in the film, Kirikou himself, for the entirety of the underground tunnel scenes, is rendered as a black silhouette with only the whites of his eyes and teeth showing. See more »


Kirikou: So... the Sorceress did not take the water away from the village, she did not eat the men, she prefers to eat yams... next you are going to say she's innocent and she loves everybody!
Kirikou's Grandfather: No, no. She dislikes children, she despises women, and she hates all men!
Kirikou: But why?
Kirikou's Grandfather: Because she is in pain!
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Followed by Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005) See more »


Written by Youssou N'Dour
Performed by Boubacar Mendy (as Bouba Mendy)
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Captivating, charming tale for young children (and their parents!)
29 March 2000 | by (Edmonton, Canada) – See all my reviews

My two girls (aged 5 and 7) have been exposed to plenty of Disney razz-ma-tazz, but this low-key movie nonetheless kept them glued to their seats. A great tale, told with energy, charm and plenty of humour. A guaranteed winner for the 10-and-under set, and a refreshing treat for any parent who normally has to accompany children to dreck like "Inspector Gadget" or "Flu

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